of 373,000, but prices for homes are booming, up 11.2% in august to a little more than $250,000. now, that's the biggest one-month gain on the record. joining me now to make sense of all these numbers, fox business network's david asman is here. so, hey, david, sort of like a good news/bad news. >> yeah, i don't know about you, but when i get this news, i always like the bad news first, i like to get the bad news out of the way. bad news is that the home market, because sales were beginning to recover a little bit, companies that build houses like lennar and hovnanian were having terrific sales records. lennar in august said it was up 28% from a year earlier, orders rose 44%, so everybody was expecting great new home sales. well, they came down a little bit in august from where we were in july. july they were very strong, but they have come down a bit, and expectations were that they would be higher than they were.